Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska will meet in the women’s Wimbledon final after both enjoyed straight set victories over Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber respectively.
Four-time champion Williams qualified for her seventh final with one of the most powerful displays ever seen in a women’s match with a 6-3 7-6 victory. The sixth seed hit an incredible 24 aces to set a tournament record and took the opening set in thirty five minutes. Azarenka struggled to contain the challenge from the 13 time Grand Slam champion, as 20 of the 24 points won on her first serve were in the first set alone.
Azarenka battled strongly in the second set and took it to a tie-breaker. An ace saw Williams with match point which the Belarusian managed to save, but the American made no mistake with her second match point, her 24th ace of the game clinching victory. Williams believes her effort is being rewarded. “I’ve been working so hard, I really wanted it” the record chaser said afterwards. “I got a little tight in the second set. I was looking too far in the future. I was happy to get through that second tie-break”.
Facing her in the final will be Agnieszka Radwanksa, who in reaching her first ever grand slam final will become the first Polish woman to reach a Wimbledon final in 75 years. The world number three was very impressive in ending Angelique Kerber’s challenge 6-3 6-4. The German’s attacking style was evident as she raced into a 3-1 lead in the opening set, but Radwanska displayed greater consistency to take the set. Kerber was bidding to be the first German finalist since Steffi Graf in 1999, but her striking was erratic at crucial times, and a sliced backhand from Kerber defending a second match point was enough for victory. “I played really well today” the victor admitted afterwards. “It’s everyone’s dream to play tennis in a grand slam final”.